Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers: Chicago Mayor and Police Owe Actor an Apology

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Employees with the clerk's wouldn't give reporters access to the files after the hearing and records of the case were deleted from the clerk's computer system by Wednesday morning.

Smollett, who is black and gay, said two men attacked him at night in January, making homophobic and racist remarks and putting a noose around his neck while shouting support for Trump. "Are you trying to do our job?" the detective asked, according to the New York Post.

Emanuel is now considering suing the actor to recoup some of the money the city wasted on its investigation. Police also allege that before the attack, Smollett sent a letter threatening himself to the Chicago television studio where "Empire" is shot.

A police spokesperson told the Post that the details about the bottle were discussed "during the interrogation when the brothers confessed to being accomplices in this hoax". What's more, she added, "We will not try this case in a court of public opinion". He said his faith and community would not make him want to commit these alleged crimes. Police spent days scouring through surveillance footage and eventually narrowed their search for suspects to two brothers who knew Smollett.

"Two and a half weeks later, they made the decision to voluntarily discontinue the action altogether", she said.

Smollett maintains his innocence, insisting outside of court on Tuesday that he has "been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one".

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More questions have been raised whether Smollett used his power and celebrity muscle to sway prosecutors, especially after it was reported State's Attorney Kim Foxx fielded calls from Smollett's family and a powerful friend, Tina Tchen, who was Michelle Obama's former chief of staff.

"Well, you know, I mean, I think there's - obviously, you can disguise that", Glandian said.

Smollett plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on "Empire".

"He did tell police that he. from what we saw, he thought it was pale skin or white or pale skin, was I think what he said". "The only reason why Jussie Smollett thought he could get away with a hoax about a hate crime was because of the environment that President Trump created, " Emanuel said.

Fox, which produces the show, has not yet commented on Smollett's future but said on Tuesday it is "gratified" that the charges have been dropped. As for precisely how much the Chicago Police Department's investigation into Smollett's allegedly faked attack cost the city, THR suggests that it may be as high as "six figures". "So, it's not - it's not implausible", she told Guthrie. The contacts were cited by Foxx in recusing herself from the case on February 13, well before Smollett was charged.

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